Ugly Parochialism – I

Mumbai has been witnessing ugly parochialism. Political mobs loyal to MNS chief Raj Thackeray targeted North Indians on the streets, taxi drivers were attacked and their taxis burnt,

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Mumbai has been witnessing ugly parochialism. Political mobs loyal to MNS chief Raj Thackeray targeted North Indians on the streets, taxi drivers were attacked and their taxis burnt, passengers on trains were roughed up and even Amitabh Bachchan’s residence came under attack, only because the victims hail from North India. The question arises: Are North Indians still outsiders in Mumbai? The situation is grim and heartrending. It’s really disappointing that the law-enforcement agencies have chosen to be mute spectators. It is the duty of the government to protect each and every citizen who is staying in Maharashtra irrespective of his or her native state.
One can conclude that since Raj Thackeray’s MNS has not been politically successful in the state hence its men trying to capture the Marathi manus agenda and win some support among the urban youth.
Farzana Z Khan
Pune, Maharashtra